Fans of War Horse are in for a treat! Puppets from one of the most successful play performed by the National Theater of London are all set to be auctioned soon. The sale will take place on September 13, 2016 at Bonham’s Auction Center in London. Interested buyers can choose to buy between the two horses, goose, and a pair of crows according to their worth.
The play which was derived from the popular Michael Morpurgo’s novel has been viewed by more than 7 million people globally in its seven-year run that toured 10 countries. The play narrates the story of Albert, whose horse, Joey is sent to France for cavalry during the World War 1.
The play featured life-sized horse puppets that were made by the Handspring Puppet Company. These enthralled the audience worldwide including Her Majesty the Queen. The magnificent horse puppets were made using various materials such as cane, tyvec, aluminum, and leather. The production of each puppet took approximately eight months to complete.
The co-founder of Handspring Puppet Company, Basil Jones commented that the money made from the auction will be used to make even bigger puppets for future play. Jones said that they are already working on creating puppets for a new show. The new show which is still untitled will feature life-sized replicas of elephants.
However, making such magnificent pieces of art requires a lot of money. This is why the Handspring Puppet Company welcomes interested fans to buy the former War Horse Puppets for what they are worth. The money made from the auction will be used for a non-profit organization, The Handspring Trust which aims to enhance the creativity of young artists.
Jones also commented that the new play is based on elephants. The new play will also show problems associated with wildlife poaching in South Africa.
Although, the company made eight sets of puppets for the show – three of them are being kept aside for future productions. The founders of Handspring Trust believe that the puppet medium is a unique way to express emotions and expressions. It can open a new window of imagination for the audience. There works include puppetry for different social topics include sexual harassment, self-care, human rights and freedom.
The War Horse Puppets are all set for their new home. If you are also interested in one of the most historical pieces of theatre, then do visit Bonham’s Auction Center on September 13. The life-sized pieces of art are worth the buy.